Quraysh Ali


Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, three children’s books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is an Upper School Humanities Teacher at Holland Hall School, and is a former faculty member of both the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2011, where he was also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing until 2014. Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community(with Georgia A. Popoff) was published in March 2011 by Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee. His most recent books include The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent, w/Georgia A. Popoff (Haymarket Books, 2017); Revisethe Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks w/Sandra Jackson-Opoku(Curbside Splendor, 2017);A Gift from Greensboro (Penny Candy Books, 2016);The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hopw/Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall (Haymarket Books, 2015) and The Walmart Republicw/ Christopher Stewart (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014). Lansana’s work appears in Best American Poetry 2019, and he was recently named a Tulsa Artist Fellow.